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The Oriental Republic of Uruguay is named after its geographic location to the east of the Uruguay River.
The word Uruguay, which comes from the Guarani language, means "river where the painted birds live."
The peaceful and picturesque South American country is now showing its own colorful splendor as Uruguay celebrates its National Pavilion Day on Wednesday at the Shanghai World Expo.
Four folk guitarists presented a concert at Expo Park, giving visitors a chance to hear the Uruguayans favorite music "milonga," a mixture of African style and tango. The tango, folk dances, and waltzing are all enjoyed by the people of Uruguay, as well as local forms such as murga, candombe, and milonga.
|With the theme of "Quality of Life, a Commitment to Your City," the pavilion can be |
imagined as a square in the city center surrounded by beautiful landscapes.
With the theme of "Quality of Life, a Commitment to Your City," the pavilion can be imagined as a square in the city center surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Typical crafts, photos and movies display Uruguay's efforts to build modern, efficient, clean, green and friendly cities, to achieve sustainable economic and human development, and to show the quality life of its people.
Uruguay has an impressive legacy of artistic and literary traditions, especially for such a small country. The contribution of its alternating conquerors and diverse immigrants has resulted in native traditions that integrate this diversity.
Uruguay has centuries old remains, fortresses of the colonial era. Its cities have a rich architectural heritage, and an impressive number of writers, artists and musicians have sprung from them.
Soccer is Uruguayans' favorite sport. As the first host of the FIFA World Cup, Uruguay were the champions in 1930 and 1950.
Uruguayans are known for eating a lot of meat, such as asado. So, a restaurant called "Natural Meat Deli" is specially opened in the pavilion to provide a feast for Expo visitors.
The cuisine of Uruguay is traditionally based on its European roots, like Mediterranean foods from Italy, Spain, France and Germany. Typical drinks such as mate tea and red wine are also in store.